Why Jews should be Vegetarians - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Richard Schwartz
    • 15.01.14 | 21:59 (IST)

    As president of Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA), I read Rabbi Weisz article with interest. While he makes very good points about Judaism’s strong teachings about compassion to animals, I believe respectfully, that he overlooks some important considerations: 1. There is no “need” to eat meat today, as many scientific studies have shown that we can be well nourished and actually healthier on a well-balanced diet of only plant foods. 2. While shechita is designed to minimize pain during slaughter, we cannot ignore the widespread mistreatment of animals on factory farms where they are raised for slaughter. 3. Plant-based diets are most consistent with strong Jewish mandates to take care of our health, treat animals with compassion, protect the environment, conserve natural resources, and help hungry people. 

 4. Animal-based diets and agriculture contribute to heart disease, cancer, and other killer diseases for Jews and others and to climate change and other threats to all life on the planet. For further information about Jewish teachings on vegetarianism, please visit the JVNA website (www.JewishVeg.com) and please see our acclaimed documentary, "A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal the World," at www.ASacredDuty.com. JVNA would welcome a respectful public dialogue/debate with Rabbi Weisz or another rabbi or Jewish scholar on “Should Jews be Vegetarians?” It would be a kiddush Hashem (sanctification of God’s Name), by showing the relevance of Judaism’s eternal teachings to current issues.

    from the article: And on the sixth day, God created animal rights
    First published 14:39 15.01.14 | Last updated 14:39 15.01.14
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